Thursday February 14, 2013

In BrattleboroŠ

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: The AARP Driver Safety Program has will hold a class on Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Road, in Brattleboro from 1 to 5 p.m. To register, contact Wayne at 802-896-9446.

It is important to up date driver strategies and learn about new skills by taking this course. All traffic signs and their meaning are part of the course, in particular dealing with the complexity of rotaries, intersection rights-of-way, and the new Department of Motor Vehicles’ rules regarding cell phones and texting.

Early registration is important as the class size is limited.

CULTURAL MAPPING PROJECT: The Brattleboro CoreArts Cultural Mapping Project will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. This is the first community workshop sponsored by CoreArts, an NEA-funded arts project focusing on arts and place. The workshop will provide a venue for those in the Brattleboro arts community (or those that value the role of the local arts and culture scene in their lives) to share how Brattleboro fuels their creativity, and how the exchange between the broader community and the creative sector can be grown in a positive way.

The workshop was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, but was rescheduled due to weather. It will be held in the Library’s Meeting Room on the second floor. Everyone is welcome to participate.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Brattleboro Planning Services Department at planning@brattleboro.org or 802-251-8154.

In Brattleboro and Westminster...

FREE TAX HELP: The United Way of Windham County is offering free tax help by appointment on Wednesdays at the Marlboro College Graduate Center located at 28 Vernon St. and on Tuesdays at SEVCA, located at 91 Buck Drive in Westminster.

To be eligible for this free service, a person must live or work in Windham County, and their household income must be at or below $51,000.

In addition to helping people prepare their tax returns, an objective of the program is to support individuals who qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit to realize that benefit. The EITC not only can reduce, dollar-for-dollar, the amount of taxes an individual or a couple would otherwise owe, but it also provides for eligible taxpayers to receive a check, sometimes thousands of dollars, if the amount of the credit to which they are entitled exceeds the amount of tax owed.

To schedule an appointment to have taxes prepared for free, call 2-1-1.

For more information on Southeastern Vermont Community Action visit www.sevca.org. For more information on United Way of Windham County visit www.unitedwaywindham.org.

In Windham County...

FREE TAX HELP: Free tax assistance through the AARP Tax-Aide Program is once again available in Windham County continuing through the week of April 15.

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to all low and middle income taxpayers, but with a special emphasis on those aged 60 and older.

This year tax assistance will be offered at the Bellows Falls Senior Center, the Brattleboro Senior Center, both the VFW and the Community Bible Chapel in Brattleboro, and the Jacksonville Municipal Center. Watch for the calendar listings for exact times and dates.

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained through a joint program with the IRS and must pass a rigorous exam to qualify as a Tax-Aide counselor. Counselors are certified to assist in preparing and filing the 1040 personal income tax forms, including itemized deductions, as well as simple business forms.

All information is strictly confidential and kept using secure means approved by AARP and the IRS. Watch for additional information on specific site locations, scheduling appointments and information to bring to your appointment.